College - West Virginia
Joining the Sparks in 2012 as an assistant coach is Jim Lewis, a veteran of the WNBA and collegiate ranks with over 40 years of bench experience.
Lewis comes to the Sparks from George Mason University, where he served as an assistant coach with the Patriots’ women’s basketball team in 2011-12. He previously led GMU for 14 seasons (1984-1997) and remains the winningest head coach in school history with 201 victories. While with the Patriots, Lewis also served as an assistant coach on four medal-winning USA Basketball teams in the mid-90’s.
Lewis left George Mason to become the first head coach in Washington Mystics history, guiding the franchise during its inaugural WNBA campaign in 1998. He later served as an assistant with the Minnesota Lynx in 2006, and as the Indiana Fever’s assistant coach/director of scouting from 2008-10. With Lewis on staff, Indiana captured the 2009 Eastern Conference title and reached the WNBA Finals. In Los Angeles, he’s reunited with former Fever forward Ebony Hoffman.
Additional head coaching experience came at Fordham University (2001-06) and T.C. Williams High School (2007-08) in his hometown of Alexandria, Va. Prior to his most recent tenure at George Mason, Lewis served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech in 2010-11, helping the Yellow Jackets reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with men's programs at Tennessee State, Gannon College, Duke and Tulane before coaching the boy's team at South Lakes High School for three seasons. As a player, Lewis was a four-year letterwinner at West Virginia University – competing in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT – and earning his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1968.
Lewis and his wife Karen have two children, Jennifer and Christopher, who both reside in northern Virginia. Jennifer, a graduate of Columbia University, is a physical therapist and Christopher, who graduated from Harvard University and was a two-year letterwinner on the men's basketball team, is a political consultant.